Canadian, Emile St. Godard, and his team - led by Toby - won both 50 mile races held at the Games that year.
St. Godard, obviously a dog lover, called his team “my family.” He once stopped mid-way through a race (one he and the dogs were winning) because the ice encrusted snow was injuring the dogs’ paws. It is understood his dogs were fed a steady diet of Lake Winnipeg goldeneye fish to enhance their stamina and boost their energy. Toby, the lead dog, was a husky-greyhound cross and held a very high status as lead dog. But he also held the place of top dog in the heart of St. Godard.
You can read more about Emile St. Godard - now in the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame at the following link:
To get a taste of what the world of dog sledding and dog sled racing is all about, head on up to Drummond Island this winter. Several dog sled races are held throughout the winter with the next one scheduled for the weekend of February 27 - 28, 2010. All events are held at the Drummond Island Resort and Conference Center :
For more information on the race schedule for February's contest, competion rules, and other dog sledding tidbits go straight to the source: